What does resign mean?

Definitions for resign

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word resign.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vacate, resign, renounce, give upverb

    leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily

    "She vacated the position when she got pregnant"; "The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds"

  2. leave office, quit, step down, resignverb

    give up or retire from a position

    "The Secretary of the Navy will leave office next month"; "The chairman resigned over the financial scandal"

  3. release, relinquish, resign, free, give upverb

    part with a possession or right

    "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne"

  4. resign, reconcile, submitverb

    accept as inevitable

    "He resigned himself to his fate"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RESIGNverb

    Etymology: resigner, Fr. resigno, Lat.

    Your crown and kingdom, indirectly held. William Shakespeare.

    I’ll to the king, and signify to him,
    That thus I have resign’d to you my charge. William Shakespeare.

    To her thou didst resign thy place. John Milton.

    Phœbus resigns his darts, and Jove
    His thunder, to the god of love. John Denham.

    Ev’ry Ismena would resign her breast;
    And ev’ry dear Hippolytus be blest. Matthew Prior.

    Whoever shall resign their reasons, either from the root of deceit in themselves, or inability to resist such trivial inganations from others, although their condition may place them above the multitude, yet are they still within the line of vulgarity. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Desirous to resign and render back
    All I receiv’d. John Milton.

    Those, who always resign their judgment to the last man they heard or read, truth never sinks into those men’s minds; but, cameleon-like, they take the colour of what is laid before them, and as soon lose and resign it to the next that comes in their way. John Locke.

    What more reasonable, than that we should in all things resign up ourselves to the will of God. John Tillotson.

    Happy the man, who studies nature’s laws,
    His mind possessing in a quiet state,
    Fearless of fortune, and resign’d to fate. Dryden.

    A firm, yet cautious, mind,
    Sincere, though prudent; constant, yet resign’d. Alexander Pope.

    What thou art, resign to death. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.


  1. resign

    Resignation is the formal act of leaving or quitting one's office or position. A resignation can occur when a person holding a position gained by election or appointment steps down, but leaving a position upon the expiration of a term, or choosing not to seek an additional term, is not considered resignation. When an employee chooses to leave a position, it is considered a resignation, as opposed to involuntary termination. Whether an employee resigned or was terminated is sometimes a topic of dispute, because in many situations, a terminated employee is eligible for severance pay and/or unemployment benefits, whereas one who voluntarily resigns may not be eligible. Abdication is the equivalent of resignation for a reigning monarch, pope, or holder of another similar position.


  1. resign

    To resign is to voluntarily leave a position or job, often formally by giving a notice. It can also refer to giving up, relinquishing control, or accepting something as inevitable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resignverb

    to sign back; to return by a formal act; to yield to another; to surrender; -- said especially of office or emolument. Hence, to give up; to yield; to submit; -- said of the wishes or will, or of something valued; -- also often used reflexively

  2. Resignverb

    to relinquish; to abandon

  3. Resignverb

    to commit to the care of; to consign

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Resign

    rē-sīn′, v.t. to sign again.

  2. Resign

    rē-zīn′, v.t. to yield up to another: to submit calmly: to relinquish: to entrust.—v.i. to submit one's self: to give up an office, &c.—n. Resignā′tion, act of giving up: state of being resigned or quietly submissive: acquiescence: patience: (Scots law) the form by which a vassal returns the feu into the hands of a superior.—p.adj. Resigned′, calmly submissive: uncomplaining.—adv. Resigned′ly, with submission.—ns. Resignēē′, the person to whom a thing is resigned; Resign′er; Resign′ment. [O. Fr.,—L. resignāre, -ātum, to annul—re-, sig. reversal, signāresignum, a mark.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'resign' in Verbs Frequency: #537

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  1. singer

  2. resing

  3. signer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of resign in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of resign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of resign in a Sentence

  1. Larry Gatlin:

    They need to apologize to the world for the lies they told us, the second thing is they need to resign. If I did my job as poorly as they did I would be out of a job in two weeks. Democrats know exactly what they're doing….

  2. Thein Nyint:

    We can be sure they will uproot him by hook or by crook, so my best advice for him is 'resign from the speaker's position if you want to prevent further perils for you and your family'.

  3. Trent Franks:

    The allegations and repercussions are coming at a rapid clip, as the post-Weinstein reckoning rips through Congress. On Thursday, Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken said Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken was stepping down after multiple women accused Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken of sexual misconduct. In Franken’s case, three-dozen members of Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken own party demanded Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken leave. Later that night, Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks announced Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks would resign, reportedly following a backlash for asking two female staffers to be a surrogate to bear Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks child. Rep. Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., announced Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks resignation after it came to light Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks discussed surrogacy with two subordinates I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress.

  4. Jennifer Bridges:

    A lot of people resigned weeks ago some people resigned to just a couple of days before the deadline, we had a lot of physicians resign ahead of time and are stuck in the same boat too because they didn’t want to take the shot.

  5. Ren Zhengfei:

    One month before that arrest, she wanted to resign and find a job elsewhere. She was not happy working here but after being arrested this matter improved our relationship and now she understands how difficult life can be, in the past she had a smooth path. She couldn't take the setbacks very well ... you have to suffer a lot before becoming a hero and if you don't have scars, you won't have tough skin.

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  • استقالArabic
  • odstoupit, rezignovatCzech
  • kündigen, zurücktretenGerman
  • παραιτούμαιGreek
  • rezigniEsperanto
  • renunciar, resignarse, dimitirSpanish
  • erotaFinnish
  • démissionner, résigner, se faire une raisonFrench
  • התפטרHebrew
  • त्यागपत्र देना, पदत्यागHindi
  • lemondHungarian
  • [[հրաժարական]] [[տալ]]Armenian
  • rinunciare, darla su, rassegnarsi, rassegnare, dimettersiItalian
  • 辞職, 辞任, 辞めるJapanese
  • უარის თქმაGeorgian
  • 포기하다, 사임하다Korean
  • rīhaina, tukuMāori
  • meletak jawatanMalay
  • ontslag nemenDutch
  • gi opp, si opp, resignere, gå avNorwegian
  • rezygnowaćPolish
  • resignar, demitir-se, renunciar, [[desligar]]-[[se]]Portuguese
  • [[отка́зываться]] [[от]] [[должность, уво́литься, увольня́ться, [[бро́сить]] [[работа, [[уходи́ть]] в [[отставкаRussian
  • avgåSwedish
  • ராஜினாமாTamil
  • istifa etmekTurkish
  • Từ chứcVietnamese
  • 辞职Chinese

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